The Covid-19 oxygen crisis: How did we get here? Part 5. The discovery of medical oxygen


The scene is set from the series so far – healthcare systems in a complex balancing act, political distractions at play, a new virus emerging from origins evidently unknown, and the understanding of a century of pandemics and epidemics in our collective back pockets. 

So what of the product that would go on to be at the heart of coronavirus therapies the world over – oxygen? How did we get to such severe shortages seen in various parts of the world throughout 2020 and now, 2021 too?

To better understand the complexities behind those questions, it is first beneficial to understand the product itself and how it came to be. Here in Part 5 of this Covid-19 Oxygen Crisis series we explore the discovery of oxygen and its role in society and healthcare systems the world over.

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